Indian Classical Music

On a different note than most of my entries here, last weekend I went to an Indian classical music concert by Zakir Hussain and Master Pandit Jasraj and was organized by the Bay Area Performing Arts. The concert was amazing, I have seen Zakir a number of times earlier and as always be was mind blowing. This was the first time though I saw Jasraj and did not know he sang Krishan Bhajans. Though I personally don’t care about the Bhajans but the rags he sang were quite amazing too – especially the ones showing his control over this voice where we went all the way from a very high note to a very flat and dull one (like from a bass). And the special treat were the Jugalbandi’s – one has to attend a Zakir concert just for that – oh what fun! If you find out Zakir is playing in your area I would highly recommend checking it out. If it happens to be the first time you zee Zakir hussain then you are going to be blown away by the whole experience.

Don't get "Bangalored"

I am not sure if I should buy this t-shirt or not? What do you think? 🙂

Simputer

The first computer designed and produced in India is now for sale in the country. The Simputer has been developed by scientists and engineers at the Institute of Science in Bangalore. The handheld device was built to help people to afford to have their own computer and access the internet. It comes in three versions and can be used to surf the web and send e-mails. The basic model has a 206Mhz processor, 64MB of memory and uses the Linux operating system. The price will be around €190.  

Does one need to "promote" offshoring?

Mercury News is running a story on how India’s second-largest software company, Infosys Technologies, announced Thursday that it is expanding operations in Fremont with a new management-consulting subsidiary to advise technology companies on shipping software-development work offshore. My question is, do they need to promote offshoring? Isn’t there enough action on the offshoring front?

U.S. Outsources Obesity To India

Supersizing Rampant in Bangalore

The United States is rapidly outsourcing obesity to India and hopes to shed as many as three trillion pounds of unsightly cellulite annually, President George W. Bush announced today.

In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, the President said that since most of the millions of jobs outsourced since he was elected President were extremely sedentary, “Those jobs are now making the people of India fat instead of us.”

“In the long run, the weight loss more than makes up for the job loss,” the President added.

In India, where U.S. companies have outsourced customer service jobs at a blistering pace in the last three years, workers confirmed that they have never been fatter in their lives.

“Before I got this job, I used to get out of my chair occasionally, but those days are long gone,” said Sisirkana Bhatia, 27, who works at a Verizon call center in Bangalore. “The minute I’m off work I head on over to the Olive Garden for their all-you-can-eat bread sticks.”

A co-worker, Palak Mehndi, 25, agreed: “Next to ‘how can I help you,’ the words that I’m saying the most often these days are ‘Supersize me!’”

Indeed, Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam recently said in a nationally televised address that India was “in the throes of a Supersizing epidemic, adding that “the time has come for the Indian people to decide whether or not they want to look like Dick Cheney.”

Elsewhere, in a new poll released today, both President Bush and Senator John Kerry were defeated by the University of Connecticut.

IBM to buy India's third largest backoffice company

I think it is time to move back to India now. 🙂

Here is an excerpt “…IBM, the world’s largest IT company, on Wednesday said it would acquire the country’s third largest BPO outfit, Daksh eServices, to add skills in strategic areas. Though IBM did not reveal the deal size, industry sources put the deal at Rs 700 crore (around $150 million), which is almost two-and-a-half times Daksh’s revenues for 2003-04.”

You can get the story here.

Wipro hit $60m with back taxes

Though I have never worked for (or at) a “big” Indian software company this is interesting as more and more Indian companies are taking a shelter under various US tax schemes. I am no tax expert and am not sure the legality of this, but this could be a huge “profit” for the Indian companies if it is upheld in court. Does invite the question, do they pass this onto the average joe working their butts off?

India's Shining Brains

I did not know this, but the dean of Kellogg School of business is of Indian origin. I think it’s pretty cool. Check out the story here.

The Singhsons

A good friend, pointed me to the “The Singhsons” found here who are right out hilarious! I just fell out of my chair laughing. There is sound so be careful if you are listening to this at work.

The first person I could think of while seeing this is my dear friend Karan – and I think that is a compliment. *grin* You can read Karan’s blog here.